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At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, our teams of board certified physicians and specialty trained and certified staff perform more than 9,000 orthopedic surgeries per year, including more than 2,000 total joint replacement procedures alone.

We work tirelessly to provide high quality care, and our level of quality ranks among the highest in the country according to several national studies and patient satisfaction surveys.

See below for more information about our quality achievements in several key areas.

High Volumes

A U.S. News & World Report analysis showed that patients at orthopedic hospitals with high volumes generally experience better outcomes. The quality metrics at NHRMC substantiate that report.

Providers & Facilities:

  • Our orthopedic surgeries and procedures are performed by team from 7 orthopedic practices with offices in New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow and Columbus counties
  • Surgeries are performed by 20+ orthopedic surgeons, all board-certified or board-eligible, with fellowship training in orthopedic subspecialties
  • More than 100 NHRMC orthopedic staff clinicians have achieved specialty training and certification

Specialties in:

  • Hip & Knee
  • Shoulder & Elbow
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Spine, Head & Neck
  • Trauma & Fracture Care

Preoperative Optimization

NHRMC's preoperative optimization clinic is an innovative program focused on managing risk factors ahead of surgery to improve surgical outcomes.

The clinic focuses on:

  • Surgical and non-surgical obesity management options
  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Cardiac and pulmonary assessment
  • Anemia treatment

This has drastically reduced post-surgical transfusion requirements and greatly improved outcomes.

While an average of 20% to 25% of patients require post-surgical blood transfusions nationwide, less than 1% of patients are NHRMC are transfused post-operatively. [USE GRAPHIC FROM CONSULT - PIE CHART FROM DARK GRAY SIDEBAR]


Blood utilization data provided by Premier Inc. Database

Length of Stay



Average length of stay data for comparison provided by Premier Inc. Database

Readmission Rates

Patients who receive orthopedic surgeries at NHRMC spend less time in the hospital and are less likely to be readmitted.

The post-surgical readmission rate at NHRMC is 3.2%, which is 30% lower than the national average of 4.6%.

On average, 85% of NHRMC's orthopedic surgery patients discharge home compared with the national average of about 50%.


Readmissions data provided by Hospital Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Discharge disposition data provided by the American Joint Replacement Registry.

Infection Rates

NHRMC's infection rates are at .38%, which is 58% lower than the national average of .9%.


Infection rate data provided by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

NHRMC's patient satisfaction surveys attest to the high quality of orthopedic surgical care at our facilities. According to HCAHPS patient satisfaction surveys, NHRMC is ranked in the top 5% in the nation by patients for satisfaction when it comes to:

  • Recommending our hospital
  • Controlling pain well


Patient satisfaction data provided by HCAHPS. HCAHPS, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, is a patient satisfaction survey required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all hospitals in the United States.